This Blog Post Is Dedicated to Stephen Bainbridge

The "moral outrage over tax inversions" is feigned outrage. It is ginned up, fake, astroturfed outrage that will go away as soon as the midterm elections are over. It currently commands (too much) attention because President Obama and the Democratic party are worried that they might lose the Senate in the midterms, because they have no genuine …

Maureen Dowd: Not Completely Wrong All the Time

About the kindest thing that I can say about Maureen Dowd's writing is that in general, I hold her in minimal high regard. She writes like she is perpetually fourteen years old, her prose is predictable, flabby and mostly devoid of rigorous reasoning, and her voice is nothing short of grating. In general, she is …

Yet Another Round of Middle East Notes

1. Israel has tried to extend the current truce. Hamas has apparently rejected Israel's offer. I am sure that anti-Semites anti-Zionists will find a way to blame Hamas's actions on Israel.2. One of the reasons why Israel was motivated to take action against Hamas was because it blamed the organization for kidnapping and killing three Israeli …

More Depressing Middle East Notes

1. Those who think that Israel's enemies are serious about wanting to bring an end to the fighting have not been paying attention to current events:It was the start of a three-day truce, the best hope yet to end a 25-day-old war that has taken an enormous toll on both Palestinians and Israelis.On Friday morning, …

Shocking Stories of Anti-Semitism

Read this, and this. I must confess to being a little confused; I have, after all, been repeatedly assured that "anti-Semitism scarcely exists in the West." Amazing how depressingly frequent the occurrence of something supposedly "scarce" can be, eh?Relatedly, be sure to read Damon Linker's open letter to Andrew Rosenthal, in which Linker employs magnificent scorn to magnificent effect. A …

When Even the New York Times Editorial Board Pans an Obama Speech . . .

Boy, I guess that foreign policy address given yesterday really didn't go over well: President Obama and his aides heralded his commencement speech at the United States Military Academy at West Point on Wednesday as a big moment, when he would lay out his foreign policy vision for the remainder of his term and refute his …

Hacks and Flacks

Having blogged for some time now, I understand that there are partisan divisions in the political blogosphere, and I understand as well that they are here to stay. That having been written, it is worth noting--as James Oliphant notes--that port-side bloggers are acting as publicity agents, apologists and all-around hacks on behalf of the Obama …